“Previously, if there was a long weekend like Easter off, we would come back and have all of our endoscopes expired on the Tuesday. We’d have to come in at half past five in the morning and reprocess them all before the list. So that’s the other benefit – a reduction in staff overtime. You’re not having to start someone early in the morning and then have them into overtime by the end of the day.”
The Smartline cabinets can store up to nine endoscopes and are compliant with the new EN16442 standard. They feature an independent HEPA filtered air supply and no infrastructure from the hospital is required.
“The cabinets actually monitor their own environment,” Sarah explains. “It will alarm if the cabinet is too warm or too humid, or if there is a disconnection of the airflow so we can fix it immediately. The old cabinets didn’t have that system so couldn’t alert us if there was ever a problem.”
The Australian-made cabinets, supplied to Grace Hospital by Opritech part of Cubro, have electronic tracking for each scope so they can be easily traced for auditing purposes which is required under the new standard.
“As the team leader I can log in and see all the status of the scopes. I can see remotely on my laptop whether they need to be reprocessed or how long they’ve been in the cabinet for, who put them in and who’s taken them out. It means that we can track the individual scopes throughout the cleaning and storage process.”